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FieldFox N9917A Trace Output

Question asked by fikemox on Aug 28, 2015
Latest reply on Aug 31, 2015 by am95405

Hello all,

I am working with a N9917A model FieldFox. I am currently researching ways to programatically access the unit through an Ethernet connection. My deployment machine is running Labview 2014, which is what I use to communicate with the FieldFox.

Recently, I have found that if I request too fine of a sweep, the FieldFox will timeout and not report any data back. Something along the lines of 1601 points, 1 average and 10000 Hz IF BW when sweeping from 1 GHz to 18 GHz will trigger this event. I am noticing that my sweeps take, on average, 20 seconds. I have experience with a Agilent N5245A PNA-X. The .NET library that I used on that unit allowed for the trace to be turned off during sweeps. This greatly decreased the time of the sweep.

I was wondering if there were any Labview VIs or SCPI commands that would allow for the trace to be turned off on the FieldFox or if there are any other recommendations on speeding up the sweep times.

Thank you in advance!